GOP Rep. introduces bill to ban Black Lives Matter and other ‘political flags’ from flying at US embassies
New York Rep. Nicole Malliotakis introduced the Stars and Stripes Act to ban political flags from being flown outside of U.S. embassies around the world.
“It is inappropriate for President Biden and Secretary Blinken to authorize and encourage the display of inherently political flags that are in no way affiliated with the U.S. Government over American embassies overseas,” Malliotakis said.
“The American flag is a beacon of freedom and hope for oppressed peoples around the world; it should be the primary flag flown above our embassies and that is what my legislation seeks to accomplish,” she added. “The Administration’s directive is an insult to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our flag and our nation — especially as we head into Memorial Day weekend — and it is absolutely ridiculous that legislation is needed to correct this issue.”
The bill calls for the government not to show support for Black Lives Matter because the organization has called for “defunding the police.”
The Stars and Stripes Act of 2021 was co-sponsored by House GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik of New York, and Representatives Ken Buck of Colorado, Michael Guest of Mississippi, Darrell Issa of California, Brian Mast of Florida, and Pete Sessions of Texas.
“Our beautiful American flag should fly over our U.S. embassies around the world – not the flag of a political organization founded by Marxists,” Elise Stefanik said.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken shared a video that promoted Black Lives Matter on the anniversary of George Floyd’s death.
“On the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, we remember that to be a credible force for human rights around the world, we must face the reality of racism at home,” Blinken said. “By addressing our shortcomings openly and honestly, we live up to the values that we stand for worldwide.”
The bill is expected to have a tough time passing in the Democrat controlled House of Representatives.